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Does anybody know a source how to create emotion in music? I am in how to choose the context you want to express feelings? the emotions of chord progression and key relationship etc?
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Riv Kah
Jan 15
If you mean the "feeling" certain modes transmit, such as saying "lydian sounds like magic" or "mixolydian sounds epic" I know a great video about it, but it is in Spanish... there is an option to put auto-generated subtitles in English, would that work for you? =/
But anyway, I believe emotion is a combination of the scale, tempo, rhythm and a bit of everything =)
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Adam Ritchie
Jan 15
Even instrumentation can change the emotion of pieces. Instrument/voice selection is one of the first things I try to do when scoring for film. This tends to set the sonic world where everything develops. Obviously harmony plays a big part too. I'd perhaps try focus on one emotion you'd like to portray. Study and create with that and then choose another. :)
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@Riv Kah, Thank you, sure could you please share it?
@Adam Ritchie, Thanks for the advice, yeah I guess experiencing it myself is the way. I am also greatful for the opinion of other people's point of view in the topic, how music is creating emotion.
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Matthias CJB
Jan 15
Tough question. There are certainly shared clichés in western music (like minor = sad // major = happy). Or the often used I, V, vi, & IV

However: I wouldn't recommend to stick to much to such "formulars", since they are subjective and an over simplification (there are sad songs in major, and uplifting ones in minor). Think about it more as a journey or exploration: what is it in a certain piece that might move me in a certain way (it's most certainly a combination of things like melody, tempo, rhthym, chords & voicings, instrumentation, timbre....). I think this answer won't help you a bit 😅

But a good way to start, too expand your vocabulary, so to speak is the channel of "Signals Music Studio". Watch the playlist of Songwriting, Modes, and chord progressions

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@Matthias CJB Thanks, Yeah this is the direction I would like to go. "Major- happy, minor-sad" is for me a simplification. I am curious how is it breaking down to the tiniest particle as the building block of music. Thanks for the link, I watched already a few episode from here, but a good reminder to watch a bit more.
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Matthias CJB
Jan 15
Stay mindful what might evoke a certain emotion in you and have the courage to assume that this will translate to other humans too. For me the hard part is to get a vocabulary/language for that (and I think that should be the ultimate goal for music theory in general, not some kind of advanced mathematics, or pattern recognition without emotional connection)
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Daaamn bro! Thats is some encouraging, thoughtful advice! Thank you for your words, really got me!
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Justin Brooks
Jan 15
If your'e looking to expand your emotional vocabulary when it comes to composing
music, consider looking into modes.
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Colin Aiken
Jan 16
Good advice everybody!!!!
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4tus
Jan 16
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Daragh Thomas
Jan 16
There's some good advice here, but I think that writing it in the right mood, and really trying to express how you are feeling through the music is important as well.